Ultimate Rejection – Joe Farrell
Joe Farrell's first recorded composition is this sassy blues head, written for the Maynard Ferguson big band.
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- Recording: Maynard Ferguson - Maynard '61
- Recorded on: December 21, 1960
- Label: Roulette (R52064)
- Concert Key: C
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Maynard Ferguson, Rolf Ericson, Chet Feretti, Rick Kiefer
- Trombone - Ray Winslow, Kenny Rupp
- Alto Sax - Lanny Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Joe Farrell, Willie Maiden
- Bari Sax - Frank Hittner
- Piano - Jaki Byard
- Bass - Charlie Saunders
- Drums - Rufus Jones
In the big band arrangement, there is an eight-measure intro with the full band, with a break for the saxes on the last two measures. The trombones play the melody in unison, in the same octave where it appears on the C treble clef lead sheet. Instead of a solo, the second ending break leads to a sax soli in the key of F. This is followed by solos, also in F, on standard blues changes without the alterations of the head. There is a set of backgrounds with a double-time feel, leading back to single time for the shout chorus. This shout chorus is played twice, the second time tagged with the same sax section break as in the intro, leading back to the key of C for the out head. The ending, which is shown on the lead sheet, is one of those classic rhythmic swing endings, though the last chord is held out instead of the expected shorter hit.
Another recording of this big band arrangement of Ultimate Rejection was made in 1998 by drummer Danny D'Imperio with his big band, the Bloviators. It has so far not been recorded with a smaller band.
Don Sickler: Today's jazzleadsheets.com release (December 16, 2017) of Joe's Ultimate Rejection honors what would have been his 80th birthday. He shares his exact birthday with another great saxophonist/flautist, Bobby Porcelli.
December 16, 1937 – January 10, 1986
Joe Farrell is principally remembered as one of the most versatile musicians of his time. His mastery of a wide variety of woodwind instruments was paralleled by the vast diversity of musical styles and settings in which he played. Best known as a tenor and soprano saxophonist and flautist, Farrell also played alto and baritone saxophones, piccolo, alto and bass flutes, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and bass clarinet. Read more...